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  1. Is it too late to submit an application this cycle? Do we know how many interview sessions they will have?
  2. Hi everyone, I’m flying in early on Friday morning from Chicago and I’m staying in Hillsborough. So excited to meet everyone! -Lauren
  3. Hi everyone! Congratulations to all that received an interview coming up! I’m coming in super early Friday to make the optional day and I’m flying in from Chicago. I’m looking at air bnbs in the area and found some kinda far out there. Anyone interested in sharing a space for the weekend? Can’t wait to meet everyone!
  4. @paadmissions My goal is to be accepted to a physician assistant program. This is my dream and I am struggling to find the right path for me to become a more competitive applicant. I applied the 2015-2016 cycle to programs that do not have any GPA requirement and prefer a lot of healthcare experience. I was rejected by all 11 programs and I was not interviewed at any of them. I contacted each program and each program encouraged my application because I met their qualifications. I am 30 years old and I really did not do well in my undergraduate education and it's haunting me now for PA school applications. When I applied to schools last year they calculated my overall GPA at 2.71 and overall science at 2.61. I realize this is not a competitive stat for schools but my post bacc GPA is a 3.2 so I at least show improvement since I graduated. I have taken and re-taken prerequisites at a community college to boost my GPA since 2012. I have been working in healthcare ever since I graduated in 2008. I was an EMT on a private ambulance for one year, an EMT in the emergency room for one year, one year working in research and diagnostics for an autoimmune biotechnology company, three years working with schizophrenia patients (interviewing them to confirm diagnosis, blood draws, cognitive exams) for research at UCSD and I currently work at the University of Chicago coordinating clinical trials. I work primarily in ophthalmology where I am in constant communication with each study patient's providers to inform them of the trial, I also have been published in urology, coordinating and administering a muliticenter outcomes study in the pediatric population. At this point I understand that I need to prove to admissions that I can handle a rigorous curriculum. I have talked to several admissions personnel at the programs I applied to for assistance. Some have been helpful with what I can do to improve my application. I plan to enroll as a full time student at a 4 year institution to increase my overall and science GPAs to a 3.0. It will take me at least a full year to do this and that's as high as my GPA will get me if I maintain a 4.0 GPA. I volunteer at a free clinic in the lab as a phlebotomist, drawing blood, giving vaccines and sending labs. I plan on continuing to volunteer here while taking coursework full time. I may stay part time working at my current position but some schools have recommended going back to EMT or as a scribe. Do you think this will help since I have not been an EMT since 2009? In a year from now, if I have a 3.0 GPA for cumulative and science GPAs and apply to CASPA to various programs, will I stand a chance at admission anywhere with students who have much higher GPAs? I have been told by my undergraduate pre-PA adviser to essentially give up and if I want to remain in healthcare, try something like respiratory therapy or ophthalmic technician as a career. I am pretty stubborn when it comes to my passions. I cannot see myself in any other career in the future. I will be a physician assistant. Do you have any advice for me? I appreciate any assistance. I understand I am not a standard applicant and there is no "right" path for me but I want to be sure I'm on the right track. Thank you!
  5. Hi everyone, I noticed the application deadline is not until January 15, 2016. Is it too late to apply? Congratulations to all students that have been accepted! What's their interview schedule like? thank you and Happy New Year! Lauren
  6. Congratulations to all that have interviewed and to those accepted! I am eagerly awaiting a call for an interview invitation myself! Does anyone know when they plan on wrapping up interviews? How many more sessions do they plan on having? Wake Forest is my dream school! Thank you, Lauren Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I submitted my supplemental on August 21st and I have yet to receive an invitation to interview. My CASPA was verified 6/26. Fingers crossed for an invite!
  8. Hi everyone! I just got the first email that my application has been sent to ad com for review! Let the roller-coaster of emotions begin! Good luck to everyone!
  9. CASPA is impossible to contact and one of my evaluators is having issues creating a login. He's tried a multitude of passwords with the same message. He's also typed in his email in the "forgot password" and says that the email is in error (which it is not). The message states: Centralized Application Service We're sorry something went wrong with your request. For additional support contact us. Anyone else having issues? Any solutions? **Update** I did get in touch with CASPA (after 30 minutes of holding) and they told me they are having technical difficulties with Evaluators creating their login and password. He claimed it should be resolved in 1-3 business days**
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